California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Fishery-Independent Research: Deep Subtidal Studies

Fishery-Independent Research: Deep Subtidal Studies
Fishery-independent data are used in conjunction with other information to assess and manage California's offshore resources. Deep subtidal studies use remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and submarines, generally at depths of 20 to 100 meters (60 to 300 feet), to obtain data for managing and monitoring marine resources.

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ROV Monitoring of the Channel Islands MPAs

  • Cruise Dates: Leg 1: August 14-27, 2005; Leg 2: September 22-October 12, 2005
    Quantitative Monitoring of Channel Islands Marine Protected Areas using a Remotely Operated Vehicle - A cooperative study with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, and Marine Applied Research and Exploration
    Cruise Report No. 05-S-1 (Includes Figures 1-6 and Appendix 1) Requires Adobe Reader
    File size 2.1 MB - Large file size
  • Cruise Date: September 7-20, 2004
    Quantitative Finfish Abundance and Exploration of Santa Barbara Channel Islands Marine Protected Areas - A Cooperative Remote Operated Vehicle Study with the Department of Fish and Game, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, and Marine Applied Research and Exploration
    Cruise Report No. 04-S-2 (Includes Figures 1-9) Requires Adobe Reader
    File size 4.4 MB - Large file size
  • Cruise Dates: Leg 1: November 11-14 and 19-25, 2003; Leg 2: May 13-18, 2004
    Exploration and Inventory of Santa Barbara Channel Islands Marine Protected Areas - A Cooperative Remote Operated Vehicle Study with the Department of Fish and Game, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, and Marine Applied Research and Exploration
    Cruise Report No. 04-S-1 (Includes Figures 1-30 and Appendices 1-3) Requires Adobe Reader
    File size 13.4 MB - Large file size
  • Detecting Changes in Fish Abundance in the Deep Waters of the Channel Islands Marine Reserves Using a Remotely Operated Vehicle Adobe Reader required
    One-page summary from a special session of the California Islands Symposium: The First Five Years of Monitoring the Channel Islands Marine Protected Area Network, February 2008

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Public Outreach Presentations

ROV Research and Funding Partners

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife recognizes the tremendous contributions of its research and funding partners, whose efforts to conserve and enhance marine resources for public use and enjoyment echo and complement our own:

Note: This is an incomplete list of research partners -- watch for it to grow in the future!